Thursday, June 21, 2012

Introducing Chiseled in Rock Chips

By Terry Wright
Our fearless leader here at CIR, Gusto Dave Jackson, came up with an idea to feature upcoming blog posts on a pseudo-magazine cover.  Because I do graphic arts and cover design for TWB Press, he came to me with his idea, to see if I could make it a reality. We tossed some ideas back and forth, and then he gave me the responsibility of making it happen. Thanks a lot, Dave.

First, I had to come up with a title for our magazine. I thought about what happened when one actually chiseled rocks, and how doing so created chips of rock, and being that this magazine cover would tout upcoming titles, in a sense, chips of what was inside, Chiseled in Rock Chips seemed most adequate.

Here’s the plan. Sometime after the middle of each month, CIR bloggers will send me titles of what they plan to offer during the upcoming month. I’ll select a cover photo, which I’ll buy the rights to use so we don’t get busted for copyright infringement, add a few titles to it, and post it on the CIR blog panel. Granted, it’s small, and on some computer screens, it may be tough to read, if not impossible, so I may end up linking it to Web page with a larger image.  I’d rather not pull a visitor away from the blog to accomplish this, but instead, try to make the type and fonts on the cover as large as esthetically possible. The determining factor will be your input on this matter. If you can’t read it, let me know in the comments section.

We’ll also upload the Chiseled in Rock Chips cover on our RMFW Facebook page, and I plan to include it on our Web site’s home page, as CIR is the official blog of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. We’ll probably come up with more ways to use the cover to publicize RMFW, CIR, and the authors who make this all happen. Your suggestions are welcome, as well.

So with any luck, toward the end of each month, you’ll see a new magazine cover graphic up on Chiseled in Rock. Who knows, you might see something there you can’t live without reading.


Julie Golden said...

This is a cute idea and certainly eye-catching. Instead of buying images, Terry can be on every cover like Oprah is on O Magazine. (I'd love to see what you do with that suggestion.) Thanks for all you do to provide valuable information in an easy-to-read format.

Giles Hash said...

I love it! Creative ways of interacting with the readers always excite me :D

Sisters of the Quill said...

Beautiful cover. I suspect Writer's Digest will be coming to you for your services soon!

Karen Lin